The FDA on Friday approved the Pfizer Covid vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.
The CDC has yet to sign before the shots can be distributed.
The Covid shots for children can start as early as next week.
“As a mother and doctor, I know that parents, carers, school staff and children have been waiting for today’s approval. Vaccinating younger children against COVID-19 will bring us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock in a statement.
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The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the use of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, a measure that will make the injections available to 28 million children in the U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must sign before shots can be handed out. An advisory committee meeting is scheduled to review the pediatric doses next week, and they are expected to be released to public distribution soon after.
The FDA’s panel of independent vaccine advisors voted 17-0 on Tuesday to recommend Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.
Children are at virtually no risk of dying from Covid, and the FDA admitted they don’t know the long-term risks to children.
“We won’t learn how safe the vaccine is until we start giving it,” one of the voting members of the FDA said Tuesday.
FDA Voting Member:
“We will never learn how safe the vaccine is until we start giving it.”
— Technomist (@Techno_Fog) October 26, 2021